News Daily: North Korean missile and Grenfell ‘frustration’ – BBC News

News Daily: North Korean missile and Grenfell ‘frustration’ – BBC News
Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Grenfell: Survivors express frustrationSurvivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have held a meeting with a coroner, expressing frustration at a lack of information from the authorities. During the three-hour discussion, Dr Fiona Wilcox, coroner for Westminster, described the scenes inside the building, where at least 80 people died last month, as "apocalyptic". Meanwhile, the Grenfell response team says 139 formal offers of housing have now been made to

Listen to review bodies on public sector pay, says Gove – BBC News

Listen to review bodies on public sector pay, says Gove – BBC News
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGove's quick-fire answers on the Andrew Marr show - Brexit and his return to the cabinet The government should listen to review bodies' recommendations for public sector pay, Michael Gove has said.His comments come as the prime minister and chancellor face increasing pressure from ministers and backbenchers to end the 1% public sector pay cap.The environment secretary did not call directly for the cap to be lifted but said ministers should

The headstones with unusual stories to tell – BBC News

The headstones with unusual stories to tell – BBC News
Image copyright Getty Images In 1703, Hannah Twynnoy became Britain's first recorded victim of a tiger. She was a barmaid at the White Lion in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, when a travelling menagerie set up in the pub's large rear yard, ready to attract paying crowds.Hannah was warned against upsetting the tiger but she enjoyed bothering and poking at the big cat - until one day it discovered the cage door was open. Fed up of the pesky barmaid, the tiger

Callan: The problem with Mika and Joe’s Trump allegation

Callan: The problem with Mika and Joe’s Trump allegation
(CNN)As most Americans begin a particularly lengthy Fourth of July holiday weekend, television screens, and virtually all the media are focused on the burning questions: "Did Mika really have a face-lift?" and "Did Trump really tweet that?"In Mika Brzezinski's case, however,the answer is being seriously discussed as possibly having a bearing on whether the President of the United States has committed an act of possible criminal blackmail and/or extortion directed against two well-known cable news broadcast journalists.For the record,

Delegitimizing his presidency, one tweet at a time

Delegitimizing his presidency, one tweet at a time
Washington (CNN)It marked a rare presidential moment on a most un-presidential day -- Donald Trump stood at a podium flanked by flags as "Stars and Stripes Forever" rang out, after delivering a speech on energy.The controversy was yet another reminder, a few days ahead of America's birthday, that Trump is a leader like no other in the nation's 241-year history, who plans to stay true to himself and is willing to flout norms of decorum.Navarro to Trump: Stop acting

Record Numbers of Venezuelans Seek Asylum In the U.S. Amid Political Chaos

Record Numbers of Venezuelans Seek Asylum In the U.S. Amid Political Chaos
Some 8,300 Venezuelans applied for U.S. asylum in the first three months of 2017, which, as the Associated Press points out, puts the country on track to nearly double its record 18,155 requests last year. Around one in every five U.S. applicants this fiscal year is Venezuelan, making Venezuela Americas leading source of asylum claimants for the first time, surpassing countries likeChina and Mexico. Traditionally we have seen a direct correlation between human rights violations in Venezuela and asylum

Petition calls for Dennis Rodman to be removed from Hall of Fame

Petition calls for Dennis Rodman to be removed from Hall of Fame
(CNN)Dennis Rodman's role as self-appointed goodwill ambassador to North Korea is not earning him rave reviews. The petition follows the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for 17 months. Warmbier arrived in the United States in a coma last week and died Monday. PetitionRodman has visited North Korea several times and has praised on its dictator Kim Jong-un. Rights group Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation started a petition on change.org calling for the

Al Franken Warns On Impeachment: ‘Zealot’ Pence Would Be ‘Worse than Trump’

Al Franken Warns On Impeachment: ‘Zealot’ Pence Would Be ‘Worse than Trump’
Vice President Mike Pence would move into the Oval Office, and Franken said that would lead to new set of problems. Franken said Pence, who ran the Trump transition, was responsible for some of Trumps worst Cabinet choices, including Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. If youre talking about how we handle North Korea or something like that, Id

Advertisers Are Actually Teaming Up To Fight Sexism. For Real.

Advertisers Are Actually Teaming Up To Fight Sexism. For Real.
Yes, sex sells. But sexism, increasingly, seems less and less marketable. The latest sign: On Thursday, some of the worlds largest companies and advertising agencies will announce a new initiative to banish gender stereotypes from advertising. The Unstereotype Alliance, which will be launched at Cannes Lions, an industry conference in France, is a partnership between U.N. Women and several major global companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Mattel and Diageo. Facebook, Google and Twitter have also signed

US Open 2017: World’s top three miss cut as quartet battle for lead

US Open 2017:  World’s top three miss cut as quartet battle for lead
(CNN)It's the longest course in US Open history and was said to favor the big hitters but Erin Hills claimed the scalps of the three best players in the world Friday.The quartet largely avoided the deep fescue and took advantage of rain-softened greens to push the leading score to seven under as golf's top trio fell the wrong side of the cut, which came at one over. Johnson, who defied controversy to win his maiden major at Oakmont 12

London fire: Queen reflects on ‘sombre national mood’ – BBC News

London fire: Queen reflects on ‘sombre national mood’ – BBC News
Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen met local people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire during a visit to a temporary shelter Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to "get to the bottom" of the west London tower block fire amid mounting criticism of her response to the disaster.The prime minister was jeered when she visited the Kensington site on FridayMrs May was criticised for not speaking to Grenfell Tower residents on her first visit following the blaze.

Pentagon Reportedly To Send Nearly 4,000 More Troops To Afghanistan

Pentagon Reportedly To Send Nearly 4,000 More Troops To Afghanistan
The news comes a day after President Donald Trump reportedly gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in the country in an effort to combat the spread of insurgent groups like the Islamic State and the Taliban. There are currently about 8,400 U.S. troops officially stationed in Afghanistan and an additional 2,000 not included in official tallies. The Pentagon refuted the AP report in a statement to Reuters late Thursday, saying no decisions have been

Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News
Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May's election - the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May's former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: "If you run a presidential-style campaign with a woman who doesn't like media interviews, then you

Anger in Taiwan as China poaches another diplomatic ally

Anger in Taiwan as China poaches another diplomatic ally
(CNN)Taiwan has expressed "deep anger and regret" after losing one of its few diplomatic allies, deepening the island's international isolation. China and Taiwan -- officially the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China -- separated in 1949 following the Communist victory on the mainland after a civil war.The two sides have been governed separately since, though a shared cultural and linguistic heritage mostly endures -- with Mandarin spoken as the official language in both places.In 1971, Taiwan